The Season 3 finale of “Yellowstone” left fans in suspense over the fate of multiple Duttons.
John Dutton (Kevin Costner) was bleeding by the side of the road when last we saw him, clinging to life after a drive-by shooting. Kayce (Luke Grimes) was preparing to face a pack of intruders and taking shelter behind his desk. Beth (Kelly Reilly) had disappeared into an explosion that engulfed her office.
And while not a Dutton, fan favorite Jimmy (Jefferson White) had determinedly gotten back on a horse only to tumble off again and fall unconscious.
Are Any Actors Leaving ‘Yellowstone’?
So are any characters going to suffer an early death at the hands of show writer and creator Taylor Sheridan?
By now, the cast and crew have wrapped filming on Season 4. And neither Paramount Network nor the actors themselves have confirmed any departures from the show.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean all the main characters survived.
In an interview with Good Day New York, Costner refused to say that John Dutton makes it back from his roadside ordeal, offering only a vague statement about story arcs and endings.
“I can’t say,” Costner told the TV station. “There’s an ending that you’re gonna see. Hopefully it’s a powerful one for you.”
“I try to make things and be a part of things that have a dramatic arc to them,” he added. “Just try to enjoy it right up to the end if you can.”
As for Beth’s fate, Kelly Reilly was offering no spoilers in an interview with Esquire last month. Do the Duttons have any happy endings in store for them?
“I think it’s one that I ask Taylor [Sheridan] constantly,” Reilly said. “As an actor, especially one that’s been put through hell and back with a character like Beth, I was like, ‘What’s the end game?’ And there’s a big cliffhanger obviously at the end of season three.”
“Obviously I can’t tell you whether or not Beth makes it another day, to see if she finds that peace that you talk about,” Reilly concluded. “But it’s an interesting question with any character.”
Grimes has similarly refused to say what will happen next, telling Monsters and Critics last month that “you never know where this show’s going to go.”
But he did suggest he’s become a fan of the show, saying in a 2019 interview with The Glass magazine that “TV evolves in front of you and you become part of the audience.”
Whatever happens next, it’s unlikely to involve all the Duttons dying. Well, at least not right away. “Yellowstone” has been a ratings gold mine for Paramount. The Season 3 premiere shattered records with 6.5 million total viewers. And by the end of Season 3, 7.6 million total viewers had tuned in to watch the cliffhanger.
Sheridan probably won’t antagonize fans by writing off all their favorite characters. But he did kill off the likeable Lee Dutton (Dave Annable) in Season 1. And the show has featured plenty of carnage. So what Season 4 will bring is anybody’s guess.